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WILLIAM HENRY GANTT

March 25, 1928 September 8, 2013
WILLIAM HENRY GANTT
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William Henry Gantt was born on March 25, 1928 in Calvert County, Maryland. William was affectionately known as "Bill" and was the fourth of eleven children born to the union of Warren and Charlotte Golden Gantt. Bill attended Calvert County Public Schools and in 1950 he entered into the United States Army where he proudly served his country. He was honorably discharged as a Private First Classman (PFC). in 1952. On February 5, 1960 Bill married the love of his life, Eliza R. Johnson, and to this union five children were born, Janet, Antonio aka Tony, Audrey, Pamela and Sherrylynn.

Bill was a hardworking man. Over the years he worked numerous jobs to provide for his family including, Warren Denton as an Oyster Chucker and he cut, speared, & hanged tobacco for the Rance's. Later Bill landed a job in constructions; he worked for well over 50 years in the field. He worked for Union Local #832 and retired in 1991 under Harold Little Construction Company. Bill was a member of the American Legion Post #220. Although he spent many hours on the job, he still managed to spend time with his family. He held a special place in his heart for his nieces and nephews (his namesake William Johnson aka Billy). He loved hearing their success stories and would be heartbroken over their failures. You would often hear Bill laughing as he listens to stories being told. His loud laugh will be missed but will forever remain in our hearts.

Bill's parents raised him in the church as Methodist. He first gave his life to Christ under the leadership of Rev. Sharperson at the old Brooks Church. He later rededicated his life to Christ and reaffirmed his membership at Brooks United Methodist Church under the leadership of the late Rev. John Snowden in the year 2000. As his health started to decline (leaving him dependent on a wheelchair) Bill wasn't able to attend church as often as he would have liked; but he never missed a beat thanks to his wife, Eliza. She would often purchase the sermons on DVD. Bill would watch it as though he was sitting in church and would always say at the end "That boy can say something, but he yell too much and loses his voice."

Bill enjoyed dancing, listening to gospel music, especially the Sensational Nightingales and Willie Neal Johnson & the Gospel Keynotes, watching wrestling, football, baseball and fishing.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Charlotte; daughter; Pamela Broome; four sisters; Annie Bourne. Sarah Gray, Mary & Carralise Gantt; three brothers; Thomas Levy, Thomas Harry & Warren Gantt.

He leaves to mourn: his wife, Eliza; his son, Tony; three daughters, Janet, Audrey & Sherrylynn; one son-in-law, Ralph Broome Sr.; two sisters, Amelia Johnson & Helen Gantt, one adopted sister, Rose Gray; one brother, George Gantt (Joanie); sisters-in-law, Gladys Gantt, Mamie Jones, Annie Reddic, Susie Johnson; one brother-in-law, Thomas Johnson (Lois Jean); eight grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends, Silvia "Jean" Johnson, Mazie Johnson, Johnny Sewell. Harry Gray, Wilson Mason and Claude Brooks.

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Visitation

Saturday

14

Sep

10:00 AM 9/14/2013 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 9/14/2013 11:00:00 AM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States

Service

Saturday

14

Sep

11:00 AM 9/14/2013 11:00:00 AM
Brooks UM Church

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States

Cemetery Details

Saturday

14

Sep

12:30 PM 9/14/2013 12:30:00 PM
Brooks UM Church Cemetery

5550 Mackall Road
St. Leonard, MD 20685

Brooks UM Church Cemetery
5550 Mackall Road St. Leonard 20685 MD
United States
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